An ESPN report that Marshawn Lynch is "50-50'' to play against Detroit Monday could also be viewed as some good news, as well.

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A report today from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is questionable to play against Detroit Monday with a hamstring injury could also be viewed as good news.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Lynch was having an MRI this week on the hamstring. If Lynch is now being viewed as 50-50 to play, then that would seem to indicate there was no significant injury found — at least, nothing requiring an immediate long-term shutting down of Lynch. Hamstrings are notoriously tricky so this obviously merit continued monitoring. But Lynch at least appears to have not suffered something viewed as long0-term.

The Seahawks are off on Wednesday, viewing it as their typical Tuesday during a game week since the contest with Detroit is not until Monday. That game will be telecast on ESPN.

So there likely won’t be any official word on this until Thursday when Carroll will meet the media for his regular weekly press conference, which usually is held on Wednesday.

If Lynch can’t go then Thomas Rawls, who had 104 yards on 16 carries Sunday against the Bears, would start in his place, with veteran Fred Jackson also filling in.

And while the Lions are struggling as a team they have shown a decent run defense so far this season, allowing teams 3.7 yards per carry on the ground, 12th in the NFL.

Detroit gave up 134 yards on 29 carries against Adrian Peterson in week two but held the Chargers to 96 yards on 31 attempts and Denver to 41 on 19 Sunday night.

Lynch has also been suffering from calf, neck and back injuries and has 128 yards on 38 carries so far this season for an average of 3.4 per attempt that is by far a career low. The 29-year-old Lynch is working on a new three-year contract signed last March that pays him an average of $12 million a season, which also makes him the second highest-paid player on the team behind QB Russell Wilson.